How Two Screenwriting Partners Broke Into Hollywood by Rhys Thomas and Brian Gatewood

Watch the video interview on Youtube here

Film Courage:  Really quickly, we were just curious how you got started [in the entertainment business]?  I know you had a film in…was it 2011 with Jonah Hill that you wrote with your partner Alessandro Tanaka?

Brian Gatewood:  Yes. Well, actually I met Alessandro at Columbia Film School where he graduated with distinction and I dropped out but we had already started writing together and working together and we started writing…I guess our first professional job was probably around 2005 or so? We started working for Warner Brothers and then we spent many years doing a number of different things. We’d do rewrites on scripts, we do adaptations, we do punch ups, and then we ultimately had an original that we wrote (THE SITTER) that came out and it was lot of writing and a lot of hard work to break in (it’s not easy).

Getting inside the studio system was actually an advantage for us in that we were essentially paid to work on writing for a number of years and hone skills and take on different genres and sort of build up a toolbox of writing so…(Watch the video on Youtube here).

Rhys Thomas (Left) and Brian Gatewood (Right) – Watch the video interview on Youtube here


Selling A Television Show To Amazon Studios –



Check out Amazon Studios new series Comrade Detective directed and co-executive produced by Rhys Thomas and co-written by Brian Gatewood (along with Alessandro Tanaka).  Rhys is known for his work on Saturday Night Live, Staten Island Summer and Documentary Now! Brian is known for his work on Dice, Animal Practice, and The Sitter
Corneliu Ulici and Florin Piersic Jr. in Comrade Detective
Synopsis: In the 1980s, millions of Romanians tuned in to Comrade Detective, a gritty and sleek buddy cop show that not only entertained its citizens but also promoted Communist ideals and inspired a deep nationalism. It has now been digitally remastered and dubbed into English for the first time by a cast featuring Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon Levitt.


Director and Co-Executive Producer:  Rhys Thomas

Creators: Brian GatewoodAlessandro Tanaka

Stars: Channing Tatum, Florin Piersic Jr., Joseph Gordon-Levitt and many more








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